Tuesday, August 20, 2019

2019 Mohr Medal

The American Iris Society
The 2019 William A. Mohr Medal
‘Desert Snow’

'Desert Snow'--image by Paul Black

'Desert Snow' ( Paul Black, R. 2013) AB, OGB-. Seedling R159B. AB (OGB-), 25" (64 cm), Midseason to late bloom. Standards and style arms ice-white; Falls same, 1" blue-black aril signal; beard hairs based white, tips light yellow. 'Lancer' X 'Open Your Eyes'. Mid-America 2013. Honorable Mention 2015. Walther Cup 2015, Award of Merit 2017.

This medal is restricted to irises of one-quarter or more aril content that do not meet the more restrictive requirements of the Clarence G. White Medal.

It is named in honor of William A. Mohr (1871-1923). About ten years before his death, Mohr began working with irises. He obtained the tetraploid Asiatic species, as well as regelia and oncocyclus irises, and communicated with other iris hybridizers such as Ellen Sturtevant and Samuel Stillman Berry. The two greatest achievements of William Mohr's hybridizing programs are probably his plicatas and his innovative and beautiful arilbreds. His great plicatas are `Los Angeles' and the iris that won the first American Dykes Medal, `San Francisco.' Mohr's most important arilbred iris is the magnificent `William Mohr.'

The World of Irises blog will be posting once a day all of the medal winners. The entire list of winners can be found at the AIS website, the AIS Encyclopedia and later in the AIS Bulletin, IRISES.

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